Local medical student receives prestigious award

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 05/12 2014 02:35PM

Updated 05/12 2014 03:00PM

The American Medical Association Foundation has named LSU Health Shreveport medical student Nadine Kaskas as a recipient of its 2014 Leadership Award.

Kaskas is among a select group of physicians and medical students who will be honored this June at the AMA's annual meeting for exemplifying the traits of commitment to service, community involvement, altruism, leadership and dedication to patient care.

Kaskas, a third-year medical student, has been active in starting the American Medical Student Research Journal, one of the first medical student peer-reviewed publications in the country, and currently serves as its editor-in-chief.

Kaskas also helped to create the Research Distinction Track, a research honors program for Shreveport medical students, and serves as a representative on the institution's Quality Enhancement Plan Committee for accreditation. She also has been instrumental in starting the Empathy in Medicine elective for first-year medical students.

Kaskas has conducted research with LSU Health Shreveport faculty members Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan and Dr. John Vanchiere and was awarded 1st place in the Cancer Biology division at the AMA's Research Symposium in November.  She also received the James A. Cardelli Excellence in Cancer Research Award at the 2013 Ray A. Barlow Symposium at LSU Health Shreveport.

A native of Shreveport and graduate of Centenary College in Shreveport, Kaskas plans to apply to dermatology residency programs this fall. She will graduate from the School of Medicine next May.

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